A string quartet receive four Paganini's Stradivarius to play in concert

The Kuss Quartet, based in Germany, is the lucky recipient of a short-term loan of four strings made by Stradivari and once owned by Paganini.

The quartet will play them in a complete Beethoven quartet cycle performed across five concerts, next month in Tokyo.

The four strings, that were not originally made to be a quartet, are the 1727 ‘Comte Cozio di Salabue’ and 1680 ‘Desaint’ violins; the ‘Mendelssohn’ viola of 1731, and the 1736 ‘Ladenburg’ cello.

The instruments were loaned by the Nippon Foundation, that owns 21 Stradivari's and Guarneri del Gesù's strings.